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Eleven of the school’s large ensembles performed in our St Cecilia’s Day Concert. The programme was a celebration of the American ideals of liberty and freedom through the country’s music. It was an evening packed with polished performances from all 128 pupils performing.
A thoughtful Star Spangled Banner was sung unaccompanied by Schola Cantorum at the start of the concert, recalling the Land of the Free and the home of the brave. This, together with the Shaker Tune played by The Philharmonic Orchestra was some of the oldest music on the programme.
The Symphony Orchestra performed two complete movements from Dvorak’s 19th century symphony “From The New World” and the String Orchestra gave a jaunty performance of Scott Joplin’s ragtime piece Country Club.
The Sassy Saxes took us through wartime, including the Glen Miller tune American Patrol in their set, and Hurricane Wind Band’s Fanfare and Theme from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics catapulted us toward more recent times.
There was a wealth of music from stage and screen: Defying Gravity and The Bare Necessities performed by the Cyclone Wind Band, My Heart Will Go On from the Sassy Saxes, Live and Let Die from the Philharmonic Orchestra, California Dreaming and America from West Side Story from the Girl Choir, Cartoon Classics from Paradiddles, Somewhere Out There from the Swing Band, and the epic Disney at the Movies from Hurricane Wind Band.
The Syncopated Stix percussion group performed hilariously as American High School students in The Exam, and the Swing Band summed up the spirit of the evening with their concluding rendition of the tune On Broadway.